EC-Council Certified Incident Handler exam preparation 

5 Tips to prepare for the EC-Council Certified Incident Handler (ECIH) exam

EC-Council Certified Incident Handler exam preparation 
The EC-Council Certified Incident Handler (ECIH) certification is necessary for those who regularly deal with threats. A professional-level cyber incident handler is in demand by organizations to planning, managing, coordinating, and communicating with other staff to contain and mitigate the after-effects of an incident.

Here are five tips to help you through the ECIH exam: 

  1. Know what to study

The ECIH exam has 100 questions across various topics. By listing out the topics you need to study, you can make sure sure that you cover all areas that may appear in the exam. ECIH course module covers these topics: 

Module 01: Introduction to Incident Handling and Response 

Module 02: Incident Handling and Response Process 

Module 03: Forensic Readiness and First Response 

Module 04: Handling and Responding to Malware Incidents 

Module 05: Handling and Responding to Email Security Incidents 

Module 06: Handling and Responding to Network Security Incidents 

Module 07: Handling and Responding to Web Application Security Incidents 

Module 08: Handling and Responding to Cloud Security Incidents 

Module 09: Handling and Responding to Insider Threats 

  1. Be realistic with your plan

Do you have sufficient time to find adequate material and cover all these topics on your own before the exam? By estimating how long you will take to finish studying the topics mentioned above, you will be sure of how much time you need to set aside from your daily schedule. 

  1. Test yourself with free resources

The ECIH webpage has many free resources that can help you when prepping for the exam. The ECIH Exam Blueprint will give you a detailed look at the topics covered in the examination, with a percentage of questions dedicated to the different topics. This will help you construct a healthy study plan.At the same time, you can test your readiness by taking the ECIH assessment. 

  1. Register for the exam

If you choose to attain the ECIH certification without official EC-Council training, then you must have a minimum of 1-year of working experience in the domain. As the review process can be time-consuming, from 5-10 days after receiving a response from verifiers, make sure you submit your application with proof of experience well in advance.  

  1. Attempt the exam with extreme focus

With the test being three-hours and there being 100 questions, try not to spend more than 1.5 minutes on a question so that you have enough time to scan through the paper after you are done.  

For those who are looking for another learning option, we recommend getting trained through EC-Council’s official training: 

  • Self-paced (iLearn) 
  • Live-online instructor-led (iWeek) 
  • In-person training with a master trainer (Masterclass) 
  • Classroom (an accredited training partner) 


What is incident handling?
Incident handling is the process of identifying, investigating, analyzing, and managing security incidents in real-time. The method mitigates ongoing security incidents as well as it is capable of avoiding potential cyber threats.

Read More: Best practices for effective incident handling in an organization

What does an incident handling team do?
Here’s what to look for in an incident handler to minimize the drastic effects of security incidents:

  1. Fortify your cloud-based business
  2. Save your organization from sophisticated phishing attacks
  3. Fight against anti-forensic techniques
  4. Comply with different regulations

Read More: 4 Types of incidents that a proactive incident handler should be able to address 

What are the steps to handle a cyber incident?
Maintaining an incident handling plan is critical to ensure a well-rounded incident handling and response plan. Here is a five-step process, as laid out by the ISO/IEC Standard 27035:

  1. Prepare
  2. Identify
  3. Assess
  4. Respond
  5. Learn

Read More: Recovery strategy post-data-breach: An incident handler’s guidebook

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